Girl Scouts Celebrate the History of Florida

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Around 550 girls gathered to have a little fun and learn a little too. Girl Scouts, Brownies and troop leaders went to the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement in Blountstown to learn how Florida residents lived in the 1840s through the early 1900s.

Rachel Walls, a Girl Scout, said, "We're learning about how things were then and we're going from place to place and learning about how they do things, and what they did."

The scouts were cooking and knitting. Some were even lucky enough to go on a hay ride.

Logan Friesland, a Brownie, said she's enjoying Pioneer Day.

"They make bowls out of wood. They had to sew their clothes. They didn't have a lot of clothes."

Friesland said the days before television and telephones would be an interesting way to live.

"It would be different, very different."

It’s a different and unique experience for Girl Scouts that offers them an opportunity to learn about themselves.

Audrey Robbins, a Girl Scout troop leader, said, “It teaches that girls have certain strengths to offer to the world, and to help them develop those strengths."

Those strengths are just one aspect of the retreat.

Rachel Walls, a Girl Scout, said, "I just like the fellowship of it all, and the friends."

Along with having fun with their friends on Pioneer Day, all of the girls will receive new patches to celebrate the history of the panhandle.

The girls who visited the park ranged for ages five to 17, and came from 19 different counties in Florida.